Maj. Gen. Nash is new Minnesota National Guard leader

Maj. Gen. Richard Nash is the new head of the Minnesota National Guard, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced today.

Nash is currently the commander of the 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division, which recently returned from a 12-month deployment in Iraq. He also was commander of the Minnesota National Guard’s peacekeeping deployment to Bosnia in 2003-2004.

Nash, whose new title is adjutant general, succeeds Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, who is retiring.

Nash has many awards, according to the governor’s office: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and NATO Medal. His Minnesota awards include the Commendation Ribbon with Pendant, State Active Duty Ribbon, and Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon.

Nash has worked outside the Guard in the construction industry, and has 10 patents as the sole or co-inventor of manufacturing equipment that has revolutionized the process of producing pre-stress concrete construction components, the governor’s office said.

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